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Foul Smell in Bridgeport, Conn. Upsets Residents

State And Local Officials Ask Residents To File Formal Grievances
East End treatment plant that some locals blame for the occasional smell. (credit: Paul Murnane/WCBS 880)

East End treatment plant that some locals blame for the occasional smell. (credit: Paul Murnane/WCBS 880)

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BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (CBSNewYork) – East End residents are up in arms about a smell that they say pervades their neighborhood, homes, and even cars no matter the season.

“You can complain over here all day and all night, it doesn’t do anything,” said long-time resident Horace Dennis.

Some people in the neighborhood believe the smell might be coming from a local waste water treatment plant.

“Low tide, or it be the sewer plant, we don’t know,” said one local.

Experts have said the smell could be blamed on storm drains and the sewer system, WCBS 880’s Paul Murnane reported.

“It’s kinda bad. Yeah it’s real bad,” the local said.

At a meeting on the issue Tuesday night, one woman said the smell even made its way into her car with the windows rolled up in the middle of the winter.

The summer is not much better.

As Murnane reported, open windows and fans draw the odor into residents’ homes and there is no escape.

State and local officials are asking residents to file formal grievances.

“I never filed a complaint, but I have complained,” Dennis said.

They want to document the times when the stink settles over the neighborhood and state and local agencies say official complaints confer their focus and investigation.

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